View Full Version : Gabe Newell opens up possibility of a Three Musketeers game, Valve ARG begins

12-12-11, 11:10 AM
Sit down internet. We‚??ve got a story to tell.

Once upon a time on 4Chan, a lengthy thread was started in which posters would construct an email to Gabe Newell, one word at a time. The result was complete gibberish. You can read it here (http://i.imgur.com/jnYL3.jpg). Suriprisingly, Newell apparently replied to the email with this message.

‚??I don‚??t suppose it would ease your wrath if I told you we‚??re announcing all of your favourite things at E3 2012?‚??

Then, a follow up message (http://i.imgur.com/L4XbP.png), posted on Reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/n8rc1/scumbag_gabe_newell/). ‚??I can see how the wording caused some confusion there. Yes, we are announcing something with a three in it.‚??

THREE MUSKETEERS CONFIRMED. The emails may be fake, of course, but Valve have been in a playful mood recently. There was that employee who turned up to a local game developer conference in a Half Life 3 tee (http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/12/02/valve-employee-wears-half-life-3-shirt-trolls-internet/). With the release of a code-filled teaser trailer over the weekend, and the appearance of the @Doug_Rattman Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/#!/Doug_Rattmann), one thing is certain. Valve have started another ARG.

Item One: In which Wheatley rants against a background full of probable clues

The video above, hosted on GameTrailers (http://www.gametrailers.com/video/vga-2011-best-character-nominee/724835), was shown as part of an awards ceremony over the weekend. In the background there are plenty of streaming numbers, barcodes and visual artefacts that are just bound to contain hidden messages.

Item The Second: In which Doug Rattman rants on the Twitters

After lying dormant for months, Doug_Rattman (https://twitter.com/#!/Doug_Rattmann) has burst into life with the words ‚??It ő≤egins.‚??

Then he starts tweeting long series of numbers in a similar format to the ones strobing alongside Wheatley in the above trailer, things like: ‚??AV ‚?? 10.0 | 8.2 | 12.6 | 15.2 | 7.8 | 0.2 | 17.9 | 6.9 | 21.1 | 3.7 | 21.2 | 20.4 | 10.7 ‚?? Connection Lost‚??

Oh god. Here we go again. Could it have something to do with an upcoming Steam sale, could it all be leading toward a Half Life 3 reveal?

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